IRL: Indy500: Practice cancellation quotes (2001-05-18

ELISEO SALAZAR (Does today's rain hurt your qualifying chances?): "Not really. To the contrary. We have the speed. We just need 15 to 20 laps to put the qualifying speed together. We can do it tomorrow or even Sunday morning. This just...

ELISEO SALAZAR (Does today's rain hurt your qualifying chances?): "Not really. To the contrary. We have the speed. We just need 15 to 20 laps to put the qualifying speed together. We can do it tomorrow or even Sunday morning. This just keeps the other guys from getting up to speed."

CORY WITHERILL: "It's the same for everyone, so there's no difference to us. We're confident we can make it. We'll let the rain go by, get a good run tomorrow and be ready for Sunday. It's been a good learning curve. Each day I go out, I learn more about the car. The track is difficult enough to learn by itself, but then you throw in a new type of car, and it's been quite an experience. If it were an Indy Lights car, I'd know what to do and what feedback to give. My program was put together so quickly that it's been a tough, quick learning curve."

BUZZ CALKINS: "We got to do quite a bit Wednesday and more Thursday. There's a few things we would have liked to have tried, but it can wait until tomorrow."

STEVE KNAPP: "I'm confident that the speed is in the car. We got only 12 laps in yesterday, four at speed. We got enough to get some direction, but you can't do much with the car in the garage. We had an intermittent cutout problem, though. We're going to replace the wiring harness. I think the bump speed will be 221.4. I've been driving Memo's (Gidley) car, trying to help him."

GREG RAY: "It's the same for everybody. You have to expect some bad weather here. Compared to some race weekends, we have an incredible amount of time here. But this is the Indy 500. We're working on race setup. We think we're one of the quickest cars out there. But just because the car is fast, it doesn't mean it's good in traffic. What makes our car fast isn't necessarily what makes it good in traffic." (Does the rainout work in your favor because tomorrow's session should be busy, and you want to work in traffic?): "Absolutely. Last week we worked on full tanks and then worked our way in traffic a lot. But we didn't work our way on full fuel much because you only have 25 sets of tires, so you have to allocate to keep your tire situation in good shape. Last week we looked for a clean track with full tanks to get a feel on our race car. Now we're looking for anybody on the racetrack - and their mother, brother, father and sister - with a race car, to get on their gearbox and run with them."

BILLY BOAT: "We had an engine change scheduled for today anyway, so we hadn't really planned on going out to practice until later in the day. The rain only sets us back a little bit. We still feel we've got a pretty good baseline, but we need to work a little bit more tomorrow and make sure the consistency is there. Hopefully we'll have some good weather conditions so we can do a simulated qualifying run and be ready to go first thing on Sunday."

-IRNLS/IMS-

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